A Few Good Reasons to Join Your Property Owners Association SEAWOOD ESTATES ASSOCIATION LIMITED (SEAL) Oct 13/21
Zoning — Because of efforts by your Association, Seawood Estates is zoned R1. This offers residential protection and greatly increases your property value.
Sewage& Water— Again, because of efforts by your Association, Seawood Estates is part of the Cavendish Sewer Utility. Throughout history and especially since 2008, SEAL has lobbied IRAC to justify planned increases in our sewage and water fees. While our efforts to lower fees have not always been successful, we are pleased with the capital employed by various levels of government to improve our sewage and water systems and are happy with the reliable and quality of services we now have. Less than a decade ago many homes in here had septic tanks and the “honey wagon” made daily visits to the pond on Seawood Drive. The quality and reliability of these utilities importantly enhances your property’s value.
Collective Voice — A strong community association gives us influence in trying to shape Cavendish Resort Municipality activities that effect our area. A great recent example is SEAL’s hard work, alongside Cavendish Resort Municipality leadership, in securing better internet service for our community. Securing some $30,000 in donations from our owners was a bold initiative and played a key part in making the project a success. Today high speed internet is arguably a necessity and we are fortunate to be one of a minority of vacation properties in the country to have this level of service. Again, another big plus not only in the quality of life within our community but as an attractive selling or leasing point should owners be so wanting to do. Early in 2021 SEAL took on the responsibility of collecting road maintenance fees and spending the funds raised on improving/maintaining roads, snow plowing, lawn maintenance of the common areas. These tasks are being managed by a committee Seawood Roads Operating Committee (SROC). During 2021 $45K was expended on capital improvement to roads.
Community Development — An Association can assist in developing a stronger sense of community to help in getting to know your neighbors. The recently added SEAL web site, the Property Owners Directory and family cookout before the annual meeting are just some of the ways SEAL works to enhance a sense of community within Seawood Estates. Improved road signage, wagon wheel markings of the trails and park benches are other things our association has done over the last few years to brighten our community and enhance safety.
Short & Long-Term Goals — An association provides a way to funnel your ideas regarding how your community should evolve in the short and long-term. For example, water and road systems and the use/sale of open/park areas will evolve with or without your input — better with than without.
Protect & Enhance Your Investment — Prior to the purchase of Seawood Estates in 2002 by Torus Country Lands Inc., property values were declining, going against the escalating values on the Island. Since then, values in Seawood Estates have rebounded for many reasons. We now have witnessed lots listed as high as $140,000+ and homes listed over $500,000+. We need to recognize that at some point the current owners will want to divest their holdings in Seawood Estates. If we are not collectively preparing for that eventuality, we very well could be back to the era of declining property values and all of the quality of life issues that will follow.
Organization- Seal was incorporated in 2009 as a not-for-profit limited company. It is managed by a 6-member volunteer executive team. Each position being subject to election to 2 year terms.